Questions ... and Answers

If I chose Hugh do I still need the services of a Funeral Director?

Yes. Hugh works closely with the Funeral Director. He or she will take care of all the legalities and logistics whilst Hugh will put together and deliver the funeral ceremony. The Funeral Director is responsible for the smooth running of the ceremony.

Can I get help and advice to chose the right words and music?

Hugh will liase with the family and friends to plan and conduct a funeral ceremony that faithfully reflects the beliefs and ideology of the deceased.

Because of his training, his experience in the established Church and his pastoral skills he is able to offer gentle advice about suitable words and music as well as provide support for any spiritual and/or religious aspects of the funeral should they be required.

When are you available to come and talk to the family?

Hugh is happy to visit the family whenever and wherever it is convenient. Weekends and evenings - or during the day ...

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Can I still have Hymns at an independent Funeral Service?

Yes of course. Many families chose to sing hymns that have great significance - such as those sung at the deceased's wedding for instance. Others prefer to sing along to a favourite song - it doesn't have to be traditional at all. Yet others are content to listen to music that evokes past memories ...

What about prayers?

If the family would like prayers then yes of course! - that's perfectly OK. There is no reason why prayers from a whole variety of different faiths should not be used.

What about having no religious language at all?

Together we can craft a beautiful and meaningful ceremony that does not rely on religious (or spiritual) ideology.

Can I have a green/eco-friendly funeral?

Yes you can. There are many alternatives to a wooden coffin - from traditional wicker through cardboard an even just a woollen shroud! Burial may be in a simple woodland setting or, after cremation, ashes may be scattered in some beautiful places ...

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What sort of thing should I be thinking about when planning a funeral?

  • Whether the person left any requests or wishes regarding their funeral

  • If a choice has been made between cremation or burial, and where that will take place

  • The style of funeral - traditional or contemporary, formal or informal - the coffin, cars, venue, flowers

  • How to make the funeral individual, to reflect the character, values and beliefs of the person, their fundamental nature

  • What sort of music and readings (if any) do we want?

  • To what extent family and friends want to be involved, with the arrangements, caring for the person who has died, during the funeral on the day?

  • After the event - the wake or gathering, memorial stone, ashes, memorial ceremony, bereavement ...